ELECTIONS: Odinkalu Carpets NBA Again

Foremost human rights activist, Prof. Anselm Odinkalu yesterday took a holistic look at the process leading to the election and scored it low. Describing the election as “worse than shambles,” the former Chairman of Nigeria’s National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) heaped the blame on the doorsteps of the NBA leadership.

His words: “My views are already on record. They have not changed. An election should not be this painful or so full of confusion and prohibitive transaction cost. The NBA must admit this was worse than shambles. Those who were responsible for managing the process in my view under-estimated what was involved or never gave it a thought until it was beyond an emergency.”

In an earlier article, Odinkalu, a member of the NBA National Executive Committee, said: “Around July 28, 2018, eligible members of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) should vote to elect a new leadership for another two years in a ballot that has become mired in hydra-headed scandals, redolent of the kind of heavily rigged elections for which Nigeria is a global prize winner. It will be too much to describe all the scandals associated with this ballot in one article.”

The election has been marred by several postponements, even as the electoral committee battles to reassure all stakeholders that it plans to deliver free, fair and credible elections.

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